Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE)

The Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) program is policy laid out in both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC; United Nations General Assembly, 1992) and the Paris Agreement (UN General Assembly, 2015). The program is a collaborative effort of UNESCO and UNFCCC as it connects to efforts on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

This way of thinking about ACE has been helpful; however, it does not illustrate the integrated nature of this program. In designing and enacting ACE efforts, it is important to consider connections to human rights (UN General Assembly, 1948) and, specifically, the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN General Assembly, 2007). Below is a reconceptualization of this program that I have created to support understanding of this work. More on ACE at

For more background please see:

Morrison, D., Espinoza H., B. D., Cintron-Rodriguez, I. M., and Sherpa, P. D. (2021). Justice and Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE): Guidance for Equitable Capacity-Building and Justice-Centered Implementation. Drafted for the UNFCCC Action for Climate Empowerment Activity Series 2021. Retrieve from:

Figure in header from: Morrison, D. L. (2020). Accelerating Just Climate Action through the Elements of the Action for Climate Empowerment Program. Retrieve from